School Bus Safety Overview

Source: School Transportation News, November 11, 2008

Among the statistics listed on the page:

  • Nearly 500,000 yellow school buses provide transportation service daily nationwide.
  • Approximately 26 million elementary and secondary school children ride school buses daily throughout the United States, twice a day.
  • School buses travel approximately 4.4 billion miles each school year across the United States. To put this in perspective, the U.S. Department of Transportation publishes figures that show Americans drive nearly 3 trillion miles on U.S. highways each year.
  • According to the National Safety Council, the national school bus accident rate is 0.01 per 100 million miles traveled, compared to 0.04 for trains, 0.06 for commercial aviation and 0.96 for other passenger vehicles.

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